YOU CAN NOW SEND GIFS ON INSTAGRAMDate: 2018-09-23
Instagram has introduced a feature everyone has wanted since the dawn of the company.
And no, it is not chronological feeds. Instead, the company now lets users send their friends GIFs via Direct Messages.
"From 'LOL' to 'I love you,' you can express yourself in countless visual ways when you are messaging your friends," the company wrote in an update.
Instead of words and emoji, users can now insert moving images into their direct messages to friends. Simply tap the GIF button in the message composer bar to access the GIF library. It is not clear if it is the same library that you will find on Stories – yes, that thin, boring library – but Instagram does mention that it is powered by Giphy. So yay!
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"You can also add an element of surprise by sending a random GIF. After you type in the search bar, simply tap "random" to send a random GIF associated with what you've searched," the company remarked.
The feature is currently live on current builds of the iOS and Android app.